What is psychological therapy?
Psychological therapy aims to help individuals manage and/or overcome emotional, behavioural and relational difficulties. Therapy provides a confidential space for you to talk through your difficulties, feel supported and understood. Sometimes sharing your concerns and anxieties is sufficient. However, sometimes feeling listened to and supported is not enough and you need things to change. Psychological therapy can help to change the way you feel, the way you behave and the way you relate to others.
Psychological therapy begins with a period of assessment, where relevant information is gathered about the reason you are coming to therapy, your background and your current circumstances. During this time, the therapeutic relationship is established. A trusting and supportive relationship between the client and therapist is essential for psychological therapy to be effective, and so making you feel safe and comfortable is my priority.
This information is used to develop a formulation, which is a joint understanding of why your difficulties have developed, what is maintaining the difficulties and what will help you to overcome them. The formulation often takes the form of a diagram, using a psychological framework to make sense of your problems.
During therapy, the formulation will be continually developed and reviewed as the knowledge that we have about your difficulties increases.
The formulation phase of the therapy is psychologically beneficial, as a better understanding of your difficulties leaves you feeling less overwhelmed and more in control of your life. Your formulation is something that you can take away with you and use to maintain and continue your progress after the therapy has ended.
Your formulation will direct us to the aspects of your life that need work. The psychological interventions that I suggest are highly individual, but can include: helping you to connect to your emotions and developing your ability to regulate your feelings; identifying relationship patterns which are unhelpful and supporting you to make changes in how you relate to and communicate with others; teaching skills in mindfulness or assertiveness; developing your ability to be compassionate towards yourself and accept aspects of your life that you cannot change.
I am trained to use psychological techniques to help you bring about change in your life. For example, I might teach you a new skill to manage situations differently, or I might help you to understand why you behave in a certain way and consider other ways of relating to others. I tailor the techniques that I use and teach to each individual's circumstances and style of learning.
Who is psychological therapy helpful for?
If you are unsure as to whether psychological therapy would be helpful for you, please call me to talk it through, free of charge.
What difficulties can psychological therapy be helpful for?
Psychological therapy can be helpful for any emotional, behavioural or relational difficulties including:
Trauma and post traumatic stress
Coping with and adjusting to health issues
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Self confidence and self esteem issues
Individuals also seek support for their own personal development and insight. Psychological therapy is a helpful experience for trainee psychologists and therapists.
How long do sessions of psychological therapy last?
Sessions are generally 50 minutes long. However, sometimes we might arrange to meet for a longer period of time, to get a specific piece of therapy done. For example, if you were meeting with me to address anxiety associated with a car accident, we might need a longer session to record the details of the accident.
Some people find 50 minutes a very long time and if you were to find this length of time a struggle, then we could negotiate starting with shorter periods of time until you felt more comfortable.
How many sessions of psychological therapy might I need?
This is a really difficult question to answer as there are so many factors that affect this, including:
We can work together for as many or few sessions as you would like.
How much do sessions cost?
Sessions are £70 for self referred individuals. Other referral sources (e.g. insurance companies/employers) should enquire for further information on charges.